Chevrolet has claimed Manufacturer Championships in the two premier classes of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. With the green flag for the 10-hour Petit Le Mans, Chevrolet is assured of securing enough points to win both the 2016 Prototype Engine Manufacturer Championship and the GT Le Mans Manufacturer Championship.
"Chevrolet is honored to win Manufacturer championships in both the Prototype and GTLM classes," said Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president, global product development, purchasing and supply chain. "Thank you to our Chevrolet teams, drivers and technical partners for their dedication and commitment that resulted in these championships."
Rain washes out final Dover practice Saturday's on-track action started well for the second Sprint Cup practice at Dover International Speedway -- home of this weekend's Sprint Cup Series and XFINITY Series races. But sprinkles turned to heavier rain with 15 minutes left in that practice, bringing out the red flag after 45 minutes of the 55-minute session.
XFINITY Series qualifying was also off to a good start, but was scrapped before concluding, handing Erik Jones the pole position.
After a frustrating few rounds for Alexander Albon, the ART Grand Prix star bounced back in style to clinch his fourth victory of the 2016 GP3 Series season after making a super start and passing Series leader and teammate Charles Leclerc. The Thai added two bonus points to his tally after taking fastest lap for good measure and moves into second place in the title battle. Arden International’s Jack Aitken finished P2 ahead of Scuderia Ferrari Team Development driver Leclerc in third.
PREMA Racing driver Antonio Giovinazzi resumed his impressive form at Sepang International Circuit: the Italian denied Sergey Sirotkin on the final lap of an action-packed Feature Race to score a fifth win his Series debut season. Behind the pair, Norman Nato completed the podium from seventh on the grid.
At the start, poleman Pierre Gasly made a poor getaway whilst Raffaele Marciello stormed past him and Giovinazzi to take the lead into Turn 1. However, the Italian driver from RUSSIAN TIME ran a bit too wide in the second corner leaving enough room for a charging Giovinazzi to go P1. As Marciello tried to fight back, Sirotkin came into the mix and overtook the Italian for P2.
IMSA Road Atlanta News & Notes Continental Tire Challenge Season Ends In Dramatic Fashion
BRASELTON, Ga. – Both the Grand Sport and Street Tuner class championships came down to the last race of the season for the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, the Road Atlanta 150, part of the Petit Le Mans weekend.
And the champions figured the easiest way to secure the title was go out and win the race, and that’s what they did: Drivers Scott Maxwell and Billy Johnson took the GS title and the race win in the No. 15 Multimatic Motorsports Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R-C.
A talented young driver will receive a big boost toward a career in professional racing through the IMSA Hurley Haywood GT3 Cup Scholarship, which provides the annual winner with a package aiding participation in a full season of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama competition.
Aspiring racers between the ages of 16 and 25, with no previous full-time Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama experience, are eligible to earn the scholarship. Candidates will have a strong desire to compete in the series, outstanding previous results and proven on-track potential in junior racing categories, and the ability to build a compelling business plan for securing remaining funding needed to compete in a full season of the IMSA-sanctioned Single-Make Series.
Texas is a 1.5-mile track. Bristol a 0.5-mile track. The fans would be too far away from the field at TMS. The fans might come once, but never return
Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage has envisioned his track hosting a major college football game for years. Bristol Motor Speedway pulled it off earlier this month with Tennessee and Virginia Tech squaring off, and TMS sent out a news release the week of the game to remind folks of Gossage's idea for years.
TMS and Bristol are both Speedway Motorsports Inc. tracks, and Gossage would like to think Texas could be the next race track to do it. But Gossage knows to make it work the game has to be "special" such as his idea in 2002 of hosting the Red River Rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma.
Qualifying Cancelled for Citizen Solider 400 at Dover
Brad Keselowski to start from pole
Qualifying for Sunday's Citizen Solider 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway has been cancelled due to persistent rainfall. The last race in the Chase for the championship Round of 16, field will be set per the provisions set forth in the NASCAR rulebook. The starting grid is determined based on the current 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series owner's points.
Brad Keselowski (Ford) will start first, Martin Truex, Jr. (Toyota) will start second, Kyle Busch (Toyota) will take the green from the third starting spot, Matt Kenseth (Toyota) will roll off fourth and Joey Logano (Ford) will start fifth to complete the top five starters.
Entertainment Options Expected To Boost Crowds For F1 Race At Circuit Of The Americas
After a three-year "dip in sales and abysmal weather last year," Circuit of the Americas for this year's F1 U.S. Grand Prix is "on pace to have its biggest crowds" since the inaugural event in '12, when three-day attendance totaled more than 265,000, according to Kevin Lyttle of the AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN.
COTA COO Katja Heim said of the event scheduled for Oct. 21-23, "We're almost out of reserve seats, and certain grandstands are sold out."
Lyttle notes sensing the U.S. Grand Prix was "at a critical juncture," COTA officials "ratcheted up the horsepower" for the race. This year's event will feature concerts by Taylor Swift and The Weeknd, as well as 20 Austin-area bands, Cowboys cheerleaders and "another dozen pop-up acts."
COTA Chair Bobby Epstein said, "We had to do something dramatic. We're morphing this into full festival mode." Lyttle notes Swift's show is a "serious ticket driver."
Epstein: "We'll probably have to cut off Saturday sales because that concert will put us to capacity." Last year's "torrential downpours" turned the weekend into a "quagmire for many flustered, even angry, fans." Long wait times for shuttles also "were a turnoff."
COTA "went to work on those problems by upgrading 12,000 parking spots, paving gravel roads and putting temporary concessions and restrooms on reinforced ground" AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Video: NASCAR Dover Friday Driver Q&A From the AR1.com Youtube site - Erik Jones (No. 20 Game Stop Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration Toyota, NASCAR XFINITY Series); Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet); Jamie McMurray (No. 1 Credit One Chevrolet); Chase Elliott (No. 24 Mountain Dew Chevrolet); Chris Buescher (No. 34 CSX Play It Safe Ford). If video does not play, click here. Comment
Video: Iceman plays Fireman Kimi Raikkonen switched the roaring engines of a Formula One car for the blaring sirens of a fire truck with Mohd Uzair bin Abdullah - a veteran with Malaysia's Fire and Rescue Department - in a unique Shell V-Power Job Swap ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Through the Job Swap, Kimi – also known as the 'The Ice Man', had the unique opportunity to become a fireman for a day. Warming up for the race in Sepang, the Formula One Ace took the wheel of an 18 tonne fire truck at a specially constructed track in Senawang, Malaysia.
Andretti Autosport announced today that the team has extended its Indianapolis 500 race-winning partnership with Bryan Herta Autosport through the 2017 season.
“We’re happy to have Bryan back with the team for 2017,” expressed owner of Andretti Autosport, Michael Andretti. “His team fits well into our family and we are excited to see continued growth and success with the partnership. Bryan is a long time friend and a true asset to our organization. We are eager to see what next season has in store.”
Askew, Kirkwood Named as Newest Team USA Scholarship Winners
Askew and Kirkwood
Oliver Askew (left), 19, and Kyle Kirkwood (right), 17, who, coincidentally, both hail from Jupiter, Fla., were confirmed today as the most recent winners of prestigious Team USA Scholarships. The long-time friends and karting rivals will travel to England next month to contest both the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch and the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone.
Scuderia Ferrari Team Development driver Charles Leclerc pocketed his fourth pole of the 2016 GP3 season in a 1:49.861. The Monegasque was the only driver to lap in the 1m49’s after a closely fought contest for the coveted pole and four bonus points attached. His title rival and teammate Alexander Albon will join him on the front row. Nyck de Vries completed an all ART-GP top three.
The Red Bull protege claimed his fourth GP2 pole of the season in today’s dramatic Qualifying session at Sepang International Circuit. Pierre Gasly clocked a laptime of 1:42.181 on his first flying lap and on his first stint. He denied teammate Antonio Giovinazzi by 0.082s in what is PREMA Racing’s third front row lock out. Raffaele Marciello completed the top three.
Mercedes-Benz is using the Paris Motor Show to unveil Generation EQ, a close-to-production concept EV with a range of 300 miles and a vehicle which ushers in a new electric brand for the German automaker.
The SUV coup concept is the forerunner to a new product brand for electric vehicles. It has two electric motors and scalable battery components to increase output up to 300 kilowatts. The SUV also has permanent all-wheel drive and a range up to 300 miles--slaying the Tesla Model X -- but by the time the Mercedes hits the market Tesla will already have supassed that mark.
Fire halts opening Malaysian GP practice Opening practice for the Malaysian GP was red-flagged for 15 min. due to a severe fire on Kevin Magnussen’s Renault in the pitlane.
Magnussen had completed an installation lap at Sepang before returning to the pits but as his car was being pushed back in to the garage, flames erupted from underneath the engine cover -- with Magnussen being pulled out of the cockpit before he burnt like a crispy fritter.
Championship Celebration taking over Indianapolis' Monument Circle The 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship Celebration, honoring newly crowned title-winner Simon Pagenaud, will take over downtown Indianapolis on Tuesday, Oct. 4.
Monument Circle in the city center will buzz with INDYCAR activity throughout the day. Team transporters will line the south side of the circle beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET, along with the Indy cars of Pagenaud and Alexander Rossi, winner of the historic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in May. Also on display will be the Astor Cup, the trophy presented annually to the Verizon IndyCar Series champion since 2011, and the iconic Borg-Warner Trophy featuring the likeness of every Indianapolis 500 winner.
Video: Every Racetrack Has A Story - Sepang International Circuit Shell has supplied bitumen solutions to numerous racetracks around the world, including the F1 tracks in Bahrain, Germany, Singapore, Malaysia and Abu Dhabi. In 2016, Shell was again tasked to supply its expertise and quality products to repave Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia to meet the latest FIA standards. Check out what happened behind the scenes, and watch out for exciting races at SIC! Comment
Renewal tickets for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and the Honda Indy Toronto are now available and include a Champions Club program that enhances the race weekend experiences.
The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, on the 1.8-mile temporary street circuit, will open the Verizon IndyCar Series season for the seventh straight year in 2017, with the race weekend running March 10-12. The Honda Indy Toronto, which celebrated its 30th anniversary this year on the 1.786-mile street course, is set for July 14-16 and will be the 12th of 17 races on the 2017 schedule. Both events are operated by Green Savoree Racing Promotions.
Carpenter teams confirms Newgarden leaving for Penske
Newgarden has real reason to smile now - he will be driving an unbeatable Penske Shocks car
SPEEDWAY, Ind. (September 29, 2016) - Ed Carpenter Racing was informed today that Josef Newgarden will not be returning to the team for the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season. ECR will now begin evaluating all options for next season's driver lineup.
"While it's disappointing that Josef will not be returning, it's also not a total surprise after all of the speculation the past few weeks," stated team owner Ed Carpenter. "I wish Josef the best in his future endeavors, but also remain focused on ECR's continued success. We are positioned well moving into 2017 and I have total confidence that we will continue to deliver the high level of performance we expect as a team."
One man - Elon Musk - has changed the automobile industry forever
Elon Musk proved to the world that electric cars are the future
Elon Musk has long had the stage to himself as he championed zero-emission vehicles, and his upstart company, Tesla Motors Inc., became the touchstone for battery-powered cars writes William Boston of the Wall Street Journal.
When nearly half a million Tesla fans paid $1,000 each this spring to reserve the company’s next-generation Model 3 ahead of its late-2017 launch, many auto executives scoffed.
The penultimate round of the 2016 GP2 season kicked off in the best possible way for Series leader Pierre Gasly: the Red Bull protege set the fastest laptime of the Free Practice session this afternoon at Sepang International Circuit with a laptime of 1:42.352. Antonio Giovinazzi and Raffaele Marciello completed the top three.
NASCAR Champions week Fanfest event cancelled NASCAR Champion's Week Fanfest event cancelled: When NASCAR gets around to announcing the schedule for its annual Champion's Week in Las Vegas in early December, the popular Fanfest on Fremont Street won't be on it.
Las Vegas Motor Speedway officials have confirmed the unofficial kickoff to Champion's Week will not be held this year because of conflicts in scheduling and logistics.
Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewartsaid Wednesday that he will compete in “40 to 50” races next year, most on dirt and at least some driving for other car owners.
Stewart said he gave the 40-50 race schedule to Jimmy Carr, who serves as the crew chief for Stewart’s sprint car program. Stewart said Carr pinned him down so he could figure how much equipment he’d need next year.
Aitken tops Sepang Free Practice Briton Jack Aitken set the quickest time in free practice at the Sepang International Circuit as the GP3 Series marked its maiden visit to the track. The Arden and Renault Sport Academy’s driver best laptime was a 1:50.883. DAMS’ Kevin Joerg and ART Grand Prix’s Nyck de Vries completed the top three.
In a change to the traditional schedule, GP3 free practice has been run on a Thursday with the session running for 30 minutes. There were two changes to the line-up compared to Monza: Italian rookie Alessio Lorandi has joined Jenzer Motorsport, whilst Koiranen GP runs with two drivers only.
Yas Marina Circuit To Host New Formula 4 UAE Championship Yas Marina Circuit, in partnership with Automobile & Touring Club UAE, on Tuesday announced it will be the home of the new Formula 4 UAE Championship, due to debut at the Formula 1 circuit on Oct. 28.
This year will be the circuit’s most comprehensive calendar of local motorsport, fitness, corporate entertainment, and driving and passenger experiences since '09, with more than 377 activities scheduled over the next 12 months.
The FIA-accredited Formula 4 UAE championship is "one of the most important additions to the UAE’s local motorsport calendar this year" and is the first of its kind in the Middle East and Africa. Gulf News
Reed to Attempt NASCAR Sprint Cup Debut at Talladega
Ryan Reed's paint scheme
Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Reed will attempt to make his Sprint Cup debut at Talladega Superspeedway in the Alabama 500 on Oct. 23, behind the wheel of the No. 99 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford Fusion. In 2011 - having been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes – the young driver was told he would never get behind the wheel of a race car again.
Five years later, Reed - having already won at the famed Daytona International Speedway and qualified for the inaugural Chase for the XFINITY Championship - is looking to make history as the only driver actively managing his diabetes to race at the Sprint Cup level.
McLaren wins 2018/19 Formula E battery deal McLaren Applied Technologies has been confirmed as the exclusive battery supplier to the Formula E championship for the 2018/19 season, when mid-race car changes will be scrapped.
Since Formula E's inception in 2014 drivers have had to switch vehicles mid-races, with batteries supplied by Williams Advanced Engineering.
Formula E organizers had long targeted the elimination of mid-race car changes for its fifth season and such an ambition is now set to be realized by McLaren.
New car for BMW at LeMans in 2018 BMW will return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2018 with a new GTE challenger that is also eligible for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in North America.
The German manufacturer has announced an entry into the GTE Pro class of the World Endurance Championship, which includes Le Mans, with a successor to the M6 GT LM that made its debut in this year’s IMSA series. It is part of what BMW is calling a “strategic realignment” of its motorsport activities that includes a cooperation with the Andretti Formula E team.
Stenhouse Jr. To Appear as Guest Analyst on Tonight's NASCAR Race Hub
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, will join Danielle Trotta and Adam Alexander as a guest analyst on tonight’s FOX Sports 1’s NASCAR Race Hub, a daily NASCAR news and information program.
Make sure to catch the one-hour program tonight as the two-time NASCAR XFINITY champion adds his insight from 6-7 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.
Video: Insights from the pit wall Strategy once again played a decisive role in the most recent race of the season in Singapore. While Nico Rosberg dispensed with an additional pit stop and drove to victory, Lewis also made it onto the podium thanks to a well-thought-out strategy involving an extra stop. In this video, Mercedes chief strategist James Vowles explains how the team refined their tyre choice for the Singapore Grand Prix.
IndyCar name continues to get drug in the mud in Boston
Mayor Martin J. Walsh
Mayor Martin J. Walsh and several high-ranking aides and former campaign advisers could be called as witnesses in a lawsuit against former Grand Prix of Boston CEO John Casey, dredging up potentially damaging details about one of the biggest busts of Walsh’s first term.
Casey submitted a witness list to an Indiana federal court overseeing IndyCar’s lawsuit against him alleging fraud and breach of contract for canceling the planned Grand Prix event. The IndyCar race was supposed to take place in Boston’s Seaport district earlier this month, but crashed last April amid bad blood between Casey and the Walsh administration.
NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from New Hampshire, the second race in the Chase For the Cup, had 2.5 million viewers on NBCSN Sunday afternoon -down 14% from last year, down 34% from 2014 on ESPN (3.9M), and the smallest audience in the history of the Chase (dates back to 2004).
The previous low was set just one week earlier by the Chicago race (2.7M). Ratings dropped 12% from last year (1.77 to 1.55) and also ranked as the lowest in the history of the Chase. The previous mark was nearly a full point higher, a 1.64 for Chicago last week. Kevin Harvick's win ranks as the lowest rated fall New Hampshire race since at least 2000 and the least-watched since at least 2001, falling below the previous marks set last year. Sports Media Watch
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